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How About the Kitsap Kayaks?

October 2nd, 2008 by cstark

As announced this week, the Kitsap Soccer Club has launched an online name the team contest for its new United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League franchise.

Port Orchard’s David Falk, who operates the site — a sister site of his popular site — has come up with a unique name that I kind of like.

The Kitsap Kayaks.

Whaddya think?

Go to to vote. Check out Falk’s site — and some other name suggestions — at

Also, the USL hasn’t officially announced that Kitsap owner Robin Waite has been awarded a team, but Lee Cohen of the USL PDL told me Thursday that the deal “is not finalized yet, but it’s something we feel will be done shortly. There’s a few things we’re trying to finish up.”

Kitsap will play in the Northwest Division of the league, which features 67 teams spread across the country and one in Canada. That team (Thunder Bay, Ontario) beat Laredo, Texas, in this year’s championship game.

The PDL is considered an amateur circuit, but professional teams can compete against amateurs. This past season the Vancouver Whitecaps introduced a program where the team paid its PDL players. Waite also plans to pay his players.

Cohen said the franchise fee for PDL teams is $75,000. Franchise fees for USL Division I teams, like the Seattle Sounders, was $350,000 in 2008, but will increase to $750,000.

I talked to Cohen about some of the model franchises in the PDL. He mentioned Fresno, Laredo, Des Moines, Iowa and Carolina.

We’ll delve more into this new league and try to let you know more about it in the near future.

In the meantime, until I hear a better name, go Kayaks!

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4 Responses to “How About the Kitsap Kayaks?”

  1. David Falk Says:

    Thanks for the plugs, Chuck! Let’s all get behind our new club. We can start with voting for “Kayaks,” a name that would be both original in soccer and highlight our great outdoors on the peninsula!

  2. robin waite Says:

    We’ve had some interesting names suggested, so far the Squids and Kondoms top the list.

  3. good ol' george Says:

    How about something naval? How does the Kitsap Fleet or the Kitsap Cruisers sound? How about Kitsap Destroyers? Kitsap Carriers?

  4. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    Is there anything wrong with real public identity… such as using ‘Soccer’ in the name?

    KC Fleet Feet Soccer Cub
    The KC Cannonball Soccer Fleet (Team)

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